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What's the point of this website?
It's a place where I put everything I've learned from doing lots of DIY in my own home. I've decided to put as much of it online as possible, so that other fellow DIY'ers can benefit from the lessons I've learned. I want this website to showcase everything, including my fails and mistakes. You can also find a more comprehensive answer to this question in my about page.
Why have you built this website?
I really enjoy everything to do with building websites and great content. I like to communicate and teach others what I've learned. A website and all the other connected social media allows me to connect with as many like-minded individuals as possible, spreading the message that DIY is both enjoyable and rewarding. You can read more reasons in my about page.
Do you earn money from this website?
Yes I do, in the form of associate links to online retailers, mostly Amazon. What does this mean? It means that every time you click on a link that takes you from my site to an online retailer, and if you then purchase something from them within a set time period, I get a commission. This is usually 5% but it does vary a lot depending on the product/s you purchase. This does not, in any way, affect the price of goods you buy from the online retailers, the price you see is not influenced by your visit to my site. Also, I have no control over the goods you purchase from online retailers. I have done this for a number of reasons:
- Obviously, to earn money. Enough in the hope that it will pay for the expense of this website.
- I frequently recommend DIY products that I've tried and tested, and it makes sense to also let you know where to purchase them from.
How do I contact you?
The best place to contact me is via one of my social media pages, this means that others benefit from your questions and my answers. Find out how to do this on my contacts page. If you want to get in touch to try and sell me something, please don't.
Can I use your stuff?
When you say stuff, I take it you mean my content, such as videos, audio, pictures, text etc. If so, then no, you may not use my stuff. It's theft and I won't take kindly to it. I've spent a lot of time researching how to use cameras, more time learning how to use software, some more time researching the best equipment to use given my small budget, some more time saving up to purchase these things, then there's a load of time to actually make the content and finally, the last bit of my time in putting it on one of my social media platforms. If you steal my stuff, I'll come down on you like a ton of bricks. If you need content for your website, be original and make it, it's actually really good fun!
What Training or Qualifications do you have?
I am trained and qualified as a Land Surveyor, Construction Site Engineer, Civil and Structural Technician and a Civil Engineer. My qualifications are a NC & HNC in Civil Engineering, plus a BSc (Hons) in Civil Engineering.
As for training and qualifications in trade skills, such as plastering, I have none. The closest I can come to this is the last 3 years I have been a landscaper, running a company with my brother. Within that time we have successfully established a reputation in our local area for being professional, with a very high quality workmanship. We have also been accepted, and are members of, the Association of Professional Landscapers.
How do you estimate the amount saved by doing DIY?
I have to estimate the time it'll take an experienced tradesman to carry out a particular task. I then use this figure and multiply it against the average daily rates for that particular tradesman. To get that daily rate, I refer to the Office for National Statistics Index of Labour Costs Per Hour. I admit, it's not an exact science and there are many variables - the cost for an electrician would be far higher in London, compared to the North for example. So take my saving estimates as a very rough guide. Also, if I estimate it would take a builder a few hours to do something, I would round it up to half a day. For your interest, here are the 2017 average labour costs:
- Carpenter: £120 – £150
- Bricklayer: £155
- Labourer: £100 – £160
- Electrician: £150 – £200
- Plumber: £150 – £200
- Builder: £120 – £200